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Re the looming GM debacle from Francis Cianfrocca at Red State. A taste:

But the public money given to GM and Chrysler LLC has simply been poured down a rat hole. These companies are bleeding cash, and in a just world they would have failed months ago. Instead, public money is getting fed into them, just like pint after pint of precious blood dumped into a guy who’s hemorrhaging from a dozen bullet holes.

Read it all here.

*in the strict Obamian sense, which of course means exactly the opposite

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03/30/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Another Great Read

Haven’t had a lot of time to post today (it’s nice having a job in the private sector, I shouldn’t complain), but just wanted to link to another great read, this one via Ace, posted at Blackfive, written by Robert Hall, Marine and former State Senator from Massachusetts.

A taste:

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them-with their own money.

Read the whole thing here.

03/27/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Simon Jester

simon-jestervia Instapundit – Great manifesto from Liberty Girl re libertarianism and a suggestion for action beyond the popular but, to this point, ignored and largely ineffectual Tea Parties.

Just a taste:

The Constitution of the United States of America tells us how our government is supposed to operate. It tells us what powers they have been lent by its citizens. It even delineates what powers each branch of government is supposed to have. Our Federal Government, all three branches, has over-reached. Continually.

Read it for yourself, please. Anything that references Robert Heinlein and Firefly has gotta be good.

03/27/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dan Hannan, MEP

I know this has already made the rounds, pretty much everywhere, but I wanted to post it anyway, just on the off chance that you’ve yet to have a listen. It’s quite simply one of the single best oral performances I’ve ever witnessed.

This is how you “speak truth to power,” to employ the ridiculous phrase of the left. Please watch it. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again. Brilliant.

And I’ve since gone and listened to some of his other brief speeches available on YouTube, and I would heartily recommend you do the same. The guy just knows how to talk. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I agree with pretty much everything I’ve heard him say to this point, but it’s so refreshing to listen to a politician who doesn’t mince words, who doesn’t pontificate endlessly about how great he is, who doesn’t employ the legalese and meaningless PC jargon that has taken over our society, with its roots firmly planted in academia.

There’s hope yet for Britain, and if our cousins across the Atlantic can be pulled back from the abyss, then there is hope for America.

03/26/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Racist Indoctrination in Education

via small dead animals, David Thompson posts a couple of videos laying out incredibly shady practices at U. of Delaware. Watch the videos, prepare for outrage. This kind of thing is nothing new on college campuses, but it’s useful to be reminded of what kind of things are going on at many colleges throughout our country.

David highlights a particularly egregious portion of the curriculum: “The term [racist] applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality.”

Every single education student at my grad school is required to take a “Diversity” course as one of the four “core” classes (along with Teaching Reading, Teaching Math and Intro to Child Psychology). Mine was taught by a Professor Henry Evans (his “slave name,” as he put it) who was a pitiful excuse for a teacher. He would basically ramble for two-plus hours every week, using non-specific, obviously fabricated anecdotes in order to “prove” inherent societal racism. I would leave every class boiling over with anger and frustration that I was being forced to pay money and spend time enduring this.

Myself and a few other students tried to speak up, to counter some of the asinine claims that Evans made throughout the course, but we soon learned that to do so was futile. A basic tenant of the course was that despite his blatantly obvious liberal/Marxist leaning, Evans would fall back on the blanket statement that all we were learning were “theories of diversity.” Nothing he was attempting to indoctrinate us with was his personal belief, so he claimed, so he wasn’t obligated to defend any of it. He was merely introducing us to the various “theories,” in order that we might select one to use in our future educational careers.

The reason I bring this up is that at the end of the semester, the class was required to read and discuss a book entitled “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race.” The ground from which the author argued was remarkably similar to that included in the U of D “orientation” handbook. All white people are racist. No “person of color” can ever be racist. Case closed.

Again, Evans refused to take a stand on this statement, “Now, this is what the author is saying. How do you feel about it?” But any student who attempted to argue the point was immediately subjected to a nonsensical cross examination from the professor, one that, as usual, was based on unverifiable personal anecdotes, and was therefore irrefutable. Meanwhile, any student that went along with the professor’s obvious party line was encouraged and congratulated.

As I said, every education student at my school is required to take this course before becoming a teacher. And this is merely the opening salvo in the indoctrination of our future educators.

03/26/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

BDS in AMNY

A wee bit of morning insanity from AM New York, the free daily that mostly serves to keep the ground warm outside subway stations across the city (now with confidence-boosting crossword puzzle!).

Out of the “Your Letters” section, from Shelia Gray of scenic Astoria:

Enough with the painful fair hike!

Bush may not be president, but his legacy continues to erode the life of America’s poor and middle class. And in this case the eroding force is the MTA. Paraphrasing then Treasury Secretary Paulson’s mantra, that “AIG is too big to fail,” the MTA is playing Russian roulette with the riding and commuting public. The bullet, an ultimatum to Albany, bails us out by March 25 or we will see fares raised across the board. A “monkey-see, monkey-do, if Wall Street can do it, why not us,” mentality is taking root. Gross mismanagement is the real culprit here, thus a complete overhaul of MTA management and an audit is in order. In the meantime get rid of VPs who do little to nothing and collect CEO-type paychecks, and stop extorting the public.

This is almost funny, in that I actually pretty much agree with her point here. The NY MTA is grossly mismanaged, they do waste a ton of money, a complete overhaul (or just outright dismissal) of MTA management and an audit is in order. But the shot at Bush? Wha?

Is BDS an actual disorder, that forces people to blame Bush for everything? I used to think it was a joke, that it would start to fade once Bush left office, but now I’m not so sure. Could it be real? I can’t really think of any other explanation for Ms. Gray’s apparent need to insert that opening sentence in her letter. How on earth the problems of the MTA are in any way whatsoever related to the Presidency of George W. Bush is beyond me.

Anyway…work time.

03/26/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

PicoBusiness Responds

My response to Pico’s original post – Pico’s response is here. It is gracious in tone, more so than I might have been, so good for him(?).

The gist:

…if I’m going to have my money stolen from me, and transferred to others, I would rather that money go to people who graduated from college instead of people who bought big houses. I think that, across the spectrum of unpleasantly unfair things, that is the least unfair option.

and

If you have other ideas on a more fair transfer of money from your pocket to someone elses, suggest it. As long as you understand – it is going to happen – someone is going to get the benefit of your hard work, and it is not going to be you, or anyone you love. (italics in original)

I suppose, yes, people who went into debt to finance an education are a bit more worthy than those who did so to buy a bigger house. But only slightly, in my mind. It’s still being irresponsible.

But where Pico and I are apparently going to differ on this is the central issue, the idea that it is inevitable that money is going to be stolen from responsible Americans and given to those who were irresponsible. I refuse to simply sit back and accept that.

As for suggesting a “more fair transfer of money from my pocket to someone elses,” what about, say, the free market? I like the idea that I’ll give my money to someone else, when they are going to give me something else in return that I want. That seems pretty fair to me. A hell of a lot more fair than having the government take it from me by force of law and give it to whomever they deem most worthy.

Why should anyone but myself or those I love get the (financial) benefit of my hard work? Why is it up to the government to decide who is worthy of getting my money? I fundamentally disagree with this concept, and therefore I cannot support the idea of student loan forgiveness as the lesser of two evils. Mortgage bailouts, newspaper bailouts, corporate bailouts, welfare, student loan bailouts…they are all the same evil.

03/25/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Re: Cutting back on my posting

Curse you, Allahpundit!!!

03/25/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

UPDATE 4

Donald Douglas at American Power chimes in as well, and quotes and links here. Thanks Donald!

He provides a similar tale of student financial woe, and wraps up with:

Basically, I did what most people do, or at least that’s what I think most people do, or should do … be responsible. I’m proud of my achievement in that sense. That just seems like the American way.

Indeed. But if I can offer a small edit. The last sentence should read: “That just seems like is the American way.”

Read his whole post here.

Trust me, there are many times when I’ve thought about how much easier (in the short term) life would be if I bit the bullet, took out a bunch of loans, quit my day job and just went to school full time on the government’s dime. I’d have a ton more free time, I ton less stress, and much more of a social life.

But the thought of emerging from school with a buttload of debt keeps me from going down that path. I want to be responsible for myself, for my life, and I don’t think it would be right to force anyone else to subsidize me. Hell, I’m going to school to be a teacher, I’m going to be giving back, right? It’s an investment in their children’s future to educate me.

But that still wouldn’t make it right for me to force my fellow Americans to pay for it, and I refuse to do so.

03/25/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

re: UPDATES

The updates and responses to my post from this morning were getting longer than the original post itself, so I decided to split them off into posts of their own. Sorry for any confusion.

03/25/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment